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FO condemns Indian order asking Pakistani nationals to leave Rajasthan in 48 hours

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan condemned India’s order for visiting Pakistani nationals to leave from a Rajasthani city in 48 hours.

Times of India reported (TOI) that on Tuesday that Pakistani nationals, staying in the Indian city of Bikaner in Rajasthan state, have been ordered to leave the area within 48 hours by the district authority.

Denouncing the move, FO spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said in a statement on Twitter, “Indian peremptory order for visiting Pakistanis to leave Rajasthan in 48 hours and prohibiting hotels from accommodating them is a condemnable reflection of Indian jingoism and hate mongering spurred on by election histrionics.”

He further wrote that this decision has exposed “sham facade of Indian hospitality and tourism friendliness”.

“We expect India to comply with inter-state norms, and ensure absolute safety and security of all Pakistanis there,” the spokesman added.

In the wake of Pulwama attack, the district authority of Rajasthan state issued the order, reportedly, to avoid any untoward law and order situation owing to rising anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir sentiments in India.

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The authority in its orders mentioned that the stay of Pakistani nationals is prohibited in guest houses, hotels and hospitals, and that businessmen will not maintain direct or indirect business ties with Pakistani nationals or provide them employment, the TOI reported.

The Pulwama attack

On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district of India-Ocuupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The attack resulted in the death of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the attacker. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. A local youth named Adil Ahmed Dar was identified as the attacker.

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